A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 27 year old CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share my personal diary with you and I want to give you an insight into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted, this is off the top of my head and this is direct from my diary. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.
E53: I Tested Positive...
- The first lesson this pandemic has taught me
- I have a secret to tell you
- Changing the shape of your brain
- Less answers and more questions
- What are some of the most important questions you can ask yourself?
- The thing that invalided you when you were younger, will be the thing you seek validation from as an adult.
E52: How We Built A $200m Company At 27 Years Old
- How to quit, why quitting matters and my quitting framework.
- Dealing with uncertainty instead of certain misery.
- How I built a £200m company at 22 years old.
- How I got 1 million followers on Instagram.
- The life changing art of taking responsibility.
- An unpopular opinion about the Virus.
- Bad binary answers to complex problems.
- Racism will hold you back even more if you let it.
E51: The Certainty Of Unexpected Chaos
This week's episode of The Diary of a CEO is all about the certainty of unexpected chaos. This is a different episode, for the very different times that we’re living in. But, I think you ALL need to hear this, because I did.
I discuss why you should be responsible for your actions, how to be positive amongst all the chaos, stay psychologically effective and the importance of being compassionate with your thoughts.
I also delve into what I call "happiness dividends" and discuss why it is vital not give up on your long term goals for short term pleasures, especially in this time of uncertainty.
E50 Jake Humphrey: My Grandma's Suicide Saved Me
In my most recent episode of The Diary of a CEO, I sat down with the incredibly successful TV presenter, journalist and entrepreneur Jake Humphrey.
Jake has gone from being an unqualified drop out, who was fired from McDonalds after just two months for a lack of communication skills to one of the UK’s most well known TV presenters, with accolades such as CBBC, BT Sport, Formula One and much more. Jake also co-founded the production company Whisper Films, alongside former BBC Sport producer Sunil Patel and David Coulthard and the business has grown from £1.5m to almost £20m.
Our conversation was extremely honest and open. Jake has struggled to come to terms with the common misconceptions of who he is, battling suicidal thoughts and developing an unhealthy relationship with social media. We discuss the best way to move forward with the devastating impact social media can have and why failure is the key to being successful.
E49 Dame Stephanie Shirley: Escaping Nazi Germany and Making £2.3bn
In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I chat to Dame Stephanie Shirley also known as "Steve".At the age of 5, Steve fled from Nazi persecution in her hometown of Dortmund and arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport, luckily escaping the...
E48 Jamie Laing & Ed Williams: The Sweet Success
In this week's episode of The Diary of a CEO, I chat to Jamie Laing and Ed Williams, the co-founders of Candy Kittens - the fastest growing confectionary brand in the UK. Our conversation delved into battling the misconceptions of family wealth,...